The City of Hercules Sister City Association ambassadors have left to Tsushima, Japan for the Sister City’s annual trip. The trip was postponed because there were not enough chaperones for the July date and to be closer to the 30th anniversary of the Hercules and Tsushima sister city affiliation Nov 5.
Hercules High School juniors Cherise Cenon, Tanya Krishnakumar, Grant Bennett and Trevor Look were selected by the City of Hercules Sister City Association to visit Japan as friendship ambassadors. They will be joined by Bonnie Kidder, John Kidder, Lynn Fissell, Mariko Lindsey, Sandra Allbon, Charles Allbon. They are scheduled to return Nov. 23.
Once the students arrive in Japan, the students will travel to Tsushima to meet their respective host families, who they will be staying with for two weeks.
“There are several events planned for all of the participants in the Hercules group,” Sister City Association president and treasurer Lynn Fissel said. “One of them will be a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the affiliation between the cities of Hercules and Tsushima.”
The group will visit cultural and historical sites, including Hiroshima, where the student ambassadors will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to leave a string of 1,000 paper cranes made by children at the Hercules Public Library.
“The Sister City relationship is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation by fostering interaction between people of different cultures,” Fissel said.
When the ambassadors arrive in Japan, they will each recite a speech in Japanese at the Tsushima City Hall and other locations to introduce themselves.
“We’ve been taking Japanese lessons and practicing speeches in Japanese,” Look said.
The students were selected their freshman year after writing an essay about why they would be a good fit for the program. They also went through an interview. Applications for the next trip will be available Dec 1 and the deadline is Jan 13.